Understanding Your Tax Obligations Regarding FICA and FUTA

Understanding Your Tax Obligations Regarding FICA and FUTA

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With the multiple payroll tax obligations you have as an employer, it can be difficult to understand what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects of you. This is especially true when it comes to withholding and paying FICA and FUTA taxes. Many employers find these tax obligations more challenging to understand than basic federal and state income tax withholding. We provide a description of each tax type below along with more of what you need to know to ensure that…

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How Your New Business Start-up Expenses May Impact Your Taxes

How Your New Business Start-up Expenses May Impact Your Taxes

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

Launching a new business can be both exciting and challenging. Your vision of the business is what energizes you, and that’s important. As Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos said, “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” That said, you can’t casually address the financial aspects of the business. Specifically, pay close attention to your start-up expenses and how they are treated relative to taxes.   What Are Start-up Expenses and Why Are They Important?…

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How to Maximize Deductions for Your Next Business Trip

How to Maximize Deductions for Your Next Business Trip

By | Small Business Advice

It can be challenging to get away on vacation when you own a business or you’re self-employed. That’s one reason why you may jump at the chance to travel when the trip offers both business and personal pursuits. If you plan to claim tax deductions for travel, it’s important to understand what does and doesn’t qualify as a legitimate write-off under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) law.   Is the Trip Primarily for Business or Pleasure? If you’re planning a combination…

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Your Best Option: Capital Lease Versus Operating Lease

Your Best Option: Capital Lease Versus Operating Lease

By | Small Business Advice

Business is ultimately about money. Said Idowu Koyenikan, author and international consultant, “Money is always eager and ready to work for anyone who is ready to employ it.” As a smart small business owner, you want to use your scarce capital wisely to grow your business. Alfred Marshall, British Economist, said aptly, “Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth.” So, when you approach major financing decisions, what’s your pick, capital vs operating lease?  …

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Eight Ways Outsourced Accounting Benefits a Small Business

Eight Ways Outsourced Accounting Benefits a Small Business

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

Like most small business owners, the time will eventually come when you need to consider outsourced accounting services. While it can be challenging at first to give up some of your control, it can also bring a great sense of relief. When you choose to outsource accounting services, it frees up your time to focus on expanding both your business and your profit margin. We highlight eight other benefits you can expect from outsourcing.   You Get Access to the…

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How to Manage Accounts Payable to Save Time and Money

How to Manage Accounts Payable to Save Time and Money

By | Small Business Advice

Accounts payable is the term used to describe money that one business owes to another. Typically, these include vendors who have provided goods or services to your company and extended credit of 30, 60, or 90 days. Keeping up with these payments is essential to stay in good graces with your vendor as well as protect your ability to purchase on credit in the future. You will also end up paying more in late fees and interest, impeding your company’s…

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4 Times You May Want to Change Ownership Shares in Your Small Business

4 Times You May Want to Change Ownership Shares in Your Small Business

By | Small Business Advice

Every business will experience a major change at some point. That means you and your partners should prepare for the likelihood of updating ownership shares and the way you split profits. We believe that every business should prepare for multiple scenarios when this type of change might be necessary. Below are four common situations we have seen with clients.   You or a Partner Decides to Go Full-Time with the Business Maybe you started with the business part-time, splitting your…

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Bookkeeping and Accounting Paperwork: Keeping Up is Crucial for Small Businesses

Bookkeeping and Accounting Paperwork: Keeping Up is Crucial for Small Businesses

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

You may have been able to keep up with everything when you first launched your small business, including bookkeeping and accounting paperwork. As your business grew, you just didn’t have the time to get to it quite as consistently. Now you have reached the point of considering outsourcing your accounting paperwork to a company like Doerhoff & Associates CPA. Regardless of what you ultimately decide regarding accounting functions for your business, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding…

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